UEFA will be ordered to compensate the three European Super League rebels with tens of millions of pounds if it attempts to impose a Champions League ban in punishment for pursuing the breakaway competition.
UEFA is furious that the three clubs have refused to recant their commitment to the new league, but it's ability to take action against them is now increasingly limited by a Spanish court.
Barcelona could yet face a two-year ban from the Champions League if UEFA's 'disciplinary investigation' into them, Madrid and Juventus results in action, but there will be consequences
The Madrid institution is determined to uphold the rights of clubs to form a breakaway league, citing competition law in two legal orders from Judge Manuel Ruiz de Lara.
First, the court forced UEFA to suspend its disciplinary investigation into Barca, Juve and Madrid and in a second order reported by Sportsmail on Friday, Judge Ruiz de Lara has told the body it must 'refrain from excluding the founding clubs of the ESL from competitions organised by UEFA' or face 'serious financial and